Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
After nearly six months of deliberation, the Village of Roslyn board of trustees granted approval to an extensive plan to renovate a building on Lumber Road.
Local businessman John Santos of Lumber Earth Realty LLC was granted a Special Use Permit, Site Plan Approval, and SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) Designation, allowing him to move forward with his plans to renovate the long-empty structure located at 7 Lumber Rd.
The decision to grant the permits, according to Mayor John Durkin, was a long process that will hopefully prove beneficial both to Santos and the village.
“Over the past several months we’ve been hearing an application on the part of John Santos to purchase the old lumber yard and convert it to retail and apartment housing,” he said. “We have decided to grant these permits, as long as the applicant agrees to abide by a number of conditions.”
Santos, who was present at the meeting, indicated that he was aware of the conditions put forth by the board in granting his permits, and was willing to abide by them. With that, the mayor and his trustees unanimously voted to approve Santos’ applications.
Santos’ project involves making renovations to the old lumber yard building and its surrounding grounds; these renovations include building retail storefronts on the bottom floor and 20 residential units on the top floor; constructing a boardwalk for pedestrian traffic; and the constructing a new bulkhead on the property to replace an old one.
In addition, Santos will dedicate a parcel of land to the village to be converted to a public parking area, and they will contribute $50,000 to the village’s Parking Trust Fund, which will go towards purchasing more public parking in the future.
Separately, an application submitted by KAM Associates for 1390 Old Northern Blvd. was also revisited at the August meeting; the landlord of the property is seeking a Special Use Permit for a proposed orthodontist office to be owned and run by her daughter.
However, Mayor Durkin and several members of the board expressed skepticism at the prospect of opening a medical office in a retail area and raised questions about potential parking issues.
“We as a board have had a policy of not permitting office use on the ground-level floor of the buildings in the community, because in an ideal situation, retail draws other retail business into the community,” he said. “In addition, there is very little parking in that area, and as a result, there is very little foot traffic...that has always been an issue with previous tenants there.”
An architect representing the landlord countered Durkin’s statements, saying that in recent years more diverse businesses located in the same area, including medical offices, which tend to create more foot traffic.
Contrary to the opinions of his fellow board members, Deputy Mayor Marshall Bernstein supported the project, stating that if it were solely up to him, he would approve the application.
“There used to be a medical practice in that same spot, two businesses ago, and there is one across the street,” he said. “And there was come validity to the point that this might add more retail pedestrian traffic.”
The board issued yet another continuance on the matter pending the acquisition of additional information, including parking and traffic studies. The matter will be carried over to the board’s September meeting.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
It is widely known that the day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday,” is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. But since 2010, “Small Business Saturday” has become an increasingly popular day for both consumers and local mom-and-pop stores. The Village of Roslyn was bustling this past Saturday as shoppers took advantage of discounted prices and free parking in the downtown area.
“We have been busy all day,” said Jill Scherer, owner of Jill Scherer Ltd, a boutique that sells women’s clothes, makeup and gifts. “Since we opened this morning we’ve had a lot of customers come in to take advantage of our discounted items on sale.”
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
Over a decade ago, and in response to the Stop & Shop controversy, the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees drafted and approved a Master Plan for future village construction.
Now, the village is taking another step forward in realizing a coherent development plan, this one concerning downtown Roslyn. At the November meeting, the board began discussions on amendments to the municipal code to create both a Waterfront Development Overlay District and a Waterfront Mixed Use District.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Now that the Roslyn Bulldogs football season is over, let’s review some final numbers for that championship season.
All year long, the Bulldogs’ explosive offense relied on the heroics of quarterback Adam Combs, plus running backs Thomas Davis, Alex Epprecht and Chris Snipes and wide receiver Isaiah Hunter.
On the ground, Davis had 626 yards on 84 carries, while Snipes was close behind with 558 yards on 83 attempts. Senior star Alex Epprecht pitched in with 290 yards on 35 carries, while Combs, a threat both running and passing had 66 yards on 20 rushes. Davis and Epprecht had four touchdowns, while Snipes hit pay dirt three times.
Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
It’s not just the Roslyn High School football team that had a great year this past fall,
The Roslyn Marching Bulldogs continued to add to their reputation as one of the top high school bands in the New York metropolitan area.